Born in1909, Richard Ormonde Shuttleworth became interested in all things mechanical. Most of his leisure time was spent on building up a sizeable collection of old cars and, later, aeroplanes. He had a succesful motor racing career and he also took part in air races. When the second world war broke out he joined the RAF but he was killed when his Fairey Battle crashed during a night training flight in august 1940.
Dorothy Shuttleworth, his mother, decided to turn the estate into a charitable trust. She wanted to ensure that it would continue as an entity and decreed that it should be used for education in the sience and practice of aviation.
The collection opened its door for the first time in 1963 and since that time has grown to more than 40 aircrafts and 30 vehicles.
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